What is StartManSvc.exe?

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the StartManSvc.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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StartManSvc.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with StartManSvc
StartManSvc.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as StartMan Application belongs to software StartMan Application or PC Tools Startup and Shutdown Monitor service or PC Tools Registry Mechanic or Registry Mechanic or Norton Utilities (version 16) or PC Tools Performance Toolkit by PC Tools ( or Symantec (

Description: StartManSvc.exe is not essential for Windows and will often cause problems. The file StartManSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files\Common Files". Known file sizes on Windows 8/7/XP are 632,792 bytes (39% of all occurrences), 583,640 bytes and 6 more variants. 
The program has no visible window. The StartManSvc.exe file is a Verisign signed file. The file has a digital signature. StartManSvc.exe is not a Windows system file. StartManSvc.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs. Therefore the technical security rating is 22% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.
You can uninstall the program PC Tools Registry Mechanic or Registry Mechanic, or ask the software vendor for support. Click on PC Tools Registry Mechanic or Registry Mechanic in Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it.

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If StartManSvc.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files", the security rating is 29% dangerous. The file size is 792,608 bytes. The program has no visible window. The StartManSvc.exe file is digitally signed. StartManSvc.exe is not a Windows core file. StartManSvc.exe is able to monitor applications and manipulate other programs.
You can uninstall Norton Utilities 16, or ask Support team for help. Go to Norton Utilities 16 in the Windows Control Panel (Software or Programs section) to uninstall it, or go to for Customer Support.

Important: Some malware camouflages itself as StartManSvc.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the StartManSvc.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

StartManSvc.exe is part of StartMan Application developed by PC Tools.
Uses large amounts of memory in first ten minutes after start-up, then settles down.
  Bill   (further information)
Monitors bootup times for PC Tools Registry Mechanic
  Randy Bell   (further information)
Although it is harmless, it clogged up my PC usage. I had to end its process. It's working set (memory) was 1,000,000 k!
Component of PCTools Registry Mechanic
  Randy Bell  
It is installed with PC Tools Performance Toolkit
  Tekk - www•tekkworkz•com   (further information)
i installed registry mechanic. and this startman thing runs all the time now. im pretty sure its for the addntl services that registry mechanic does- but does use resources at bootup.
  Frank Latino  

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Summary: Average user rating of StartManSvc.exe: based on 6 votes with 7 user comments. One user thinks StartManSvc.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's probably harmless. 4 users think it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user is not sure about it.

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Best practices for resolving StartManSvc issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with StartManSvc. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using cleanmgr and sfc /scannow, uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using msconfig) and enabling Windows' Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off doing a repair of your installation, or in the case of Windows 8, executing the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the StartManSvc.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: Security Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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